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2018 Holiday House Decorating Contest


  • Decorations: Decorate you home however you like!  Judging will include doors, windows, yards, basically anything that can be seen from the street or sidewalk.
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        • Application: Those who want to participate must have their houses/businesses decorated by Saturday December 8, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

  • Judging: We need 5 judges!  Judges earn $25.  You must be an Emmitsburg resident and they can’t vote for yourself. The judges will drive around Emmitsburg and choose their favorite houses and businesses. We will provide them with a sheet where they can write their votes (short & simple). No elected officials or town staff can be judges. Judges will be kept confidential to help prevent bias. Judging will occur for one week. This year it will be between Sunday December 9, 2018 and Sunday December 16, 2018. The judges can choose to take one night to judge or multiple nights to judge. We just need to have their recommendations by Monday December 17, 2018 by 9:00 p.m.


  • Prizes: 3 award categories: most traditional, most decorative, business. A big thank you to the Emmitsburg Business and Professionals Association (EBPA) that donated the money last year and is donating the money this year too. Prize money is a follows…
    • Most traditional: 1st place ($75), 2nd place ($50), honorable mention
    • Most decorative: 1st place ($75), 2nd place ($50), honorable mention
    • Best Business: 1st place ($75), 2nd place ($50), honorable mention

  • Winner Announced: The winner will be announced on our website and social media the Friday before Christmas (Dec. 21, 2018 this year) by 4:00 p.m. Winners will be presented with their award from Mayor Briggs at the town meeting on January 7, 2019.

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